Frequently Asked Questions
Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls Closes its Doors

 


1. What is the situation with Cleaire?
2. How will compliance for my fleet be affected?
3. I have Cleaire retrofits on my engines, will my warranties be affected?
4. I have the LongMile retrofit with a replacement core, how am I affected?
5. I have the LongMile retrofit, but the core has not been replaced, what should I do?
6. Since Cleaire PM filters are no longer available, what should I do?
7. Does the fact that Cleaire went out of business mean PM filters do not work?
8. I have a PM filter retrofit from another manufacturer, am I affected?



 

1. What is the situation with Cleaire?
Cleaire Advanced Emission Controls (Cleaire) closed its doors and ceased operations on Friday, January 18, 2013, and ARB has sent a letter to all Cleaire customers informing them of the situation.  ARB is currently gathering information to better understand the situation, and is committed to minimizing the impact on fleets that installed Cleaire products to comply with existing regulations.  ARB will work with all stakeholders to ensure that updated information is provided as becomes available, and will assist with any questions or issues that may arise.  ARB has established a webpage dedicated to providing the most current information on the Cleaire situation at http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/verdev/companies/cleaire/cleairepage.htm




2. How will compliance for my fleet be affected?
Currently, Cleaire particulate matter (PM) filter products are no longer available for sale or new installations to fleets that are seeking to comply with the Air Resources Board’s (ARB) in-use fleet rules.  However, vehicles that have properly functioning Cleaire devices should continue to operate existing equipment as normal, and compliance will not be affected.  Be sure to continue to follow manufacturer recommendations for operation and maintenance of the PM filters that you own. There are multiple third party dealers that service Cleaire products that you can contact for assistance with system maintenance.  ARB is also working to ensure there is continued support of Cleaire products.  As always, if you have any questions about your Cleaire product, please contact your installer or an authorized dealer.




3. I have Cleaire retrofits on my engines, will my warranties be affected?
ARB is contacting Cleaire distributors, installers, and other authorized representatives regarding continued product warranty support and spare part availability, and will provide updates and direction to fleets as information becomes available.  The installation warranty protections for Cleaire products installed by a third party are unaffected and continue to remain valid.  However, warranties provided by Cleaire for equipment workmanship or for installations done directly by Cleaire are not currently supported at this time.  As always, please contact your installer should you have a warranty claim for any Cleaire product.




4. I have the LongMile retrofit with a replacement core, how am I affected?
For fleet operators that have had the LongMile™ filter component replaced with a Cleaire Muffler Module (CMM™), no further action is needed at this time, and the vehicles may continue to be operated in compliance with all existing regulations.  ARB issued an advisory that addresses compliance for owners that are affected by the voluntary recall of the LongMile system.  The advisory explains how LongMile owners will remain in compliance and will need to keep the documentation provided by Cleaire with the affected vehicle at all times.  The advisory is available at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/mailouts/msc1220/msc1220.pdf.  This advisory will be updated in the future as needed to reflect the status of Cleaire.




5. I have the LongMile retrofit, but the core has not been replaced, what should I do?
ARB is exploring all available options to replace remaining LongMile™ metal filter components with the CMM™ product or another compliant product.  ARB reminds fleets that still have the LongMile™ product installed that it is critically important to closely monitor the operational status of their product and heed all safety requirements, as described in the owner’s manual.  As always, please contact your installer should you have any questions or a warranty claim for any Cleaire product.  If you are no longer supported by the original installer, and experience problems with your LongMile product, immediately stop operating the vehicle and contact the ARB at (626) 575-6972 for assistance.  In addition, if you have a significant engine problem such as turbo or injector problems immediately contact your authorized service provider to assess your LongMile system. 




6. Since Cleaire PM filters are no longer available, what should I do?
Many other verified technologies are available, and cover the same engines as the Cleaire product line.  Affected owners are encouraged to consider other available technologies, a list of which may be found at:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/diesel/verdev/vt/cvt.htm.




7. Does the fact that Cleaire went out of business mean PM filters do not work?
No, PM retrofit filters have been shown to be reliable and durable in a wide range of uses and industries, including on-road trucks, buses, off-road construction equipment and truck refrigeration units.  In fact, in response to ARB regulations, more than 50,000 PM retrofit filters have been installed over the last decade, with even greater numbers installed nationwide.  The same technology has also been used in millions of new truck exhaust systems nationwide since 2007.



8. I have a PM filter retrofit from another manufacturer, am I affected?
Fleet owners that have devices from other manufacturers are not affected.  For general information on currently verified devices and more, please visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/decsinstall/decsinstall.htm.